The NHA Builders set another milestone in their journey at the league of public servants.
The Builders defeated Season 5 champion PNP Responders with finals score 73 – 70 in the knock out battle for 3rd place last Sunday, March 3, at the Pasig City Sport Center.
In the first quarter, PNP Responders was in full control of the game with a comfortable seven-point lead, 18-11 with Anton Tolentino leading the charge.
But in the 2nd quarter, things turned around when the Builders produced a massive 28 points shooting 50 percent in the field, while the Responders had only 26 percent shooting percentage (17 pts).
PNP, in the 3rd period, got into foul trouble giving the NHA 11 points from the free throw line.
But in the final period, PNP shot slightly better than NHA. They were able to cut the lead to just 1 point, 71-70, in the last 25 seconds of the game through the play made by Anton Tolentino and Harold Sta. Cruz.
With 9.55 seconds left, Marvin Mercado got fouled and missed two free throws but through the hustles of John Derrick Dizon and Waldemar Tibay the ball was passed to Alvin Vitug.
Vitug was then fouled and converted two free throws.
PNP had the chance to tie the game to 73-73 when they designed a three-point play for Ollan Omiping with only 2.03 seconds left on the clock.
But through the tough defense of Alvin Vitug and reinforcement from Sherwin Crisostomo, the PNP’s “The Sniper”, failed to connect the shot from the corner.
Best Player of the Game awardee, Alvin Vitug registered 31 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist and steal.
While valuable support came from Marvin Mercado’s 16 points and 10 rebounds, John Derrick Dizon’s 11 points and 8 rebounds, Antonio Lustestica’s 6 points and 11 rebounds, and Waldemar Tibay’s 9 points and 7 rebounds.
NHA Builders Head Coach Silverio “Benett” Palad said, “Lagi kaming 4th ngayon 3rd naman, one step higher so maybe season 8 lumaban na kami sa championship.”
“Ngayon nagkakaroon na sila ng konting teamwork and unity. Nagkakaroon din ng konting confidence saka nawawala na yung init nila ng ulo yung emotional nila sa mga referees,” he added.
(We always end as 4th placer when we enter the final 4. It’s one step higher, so maybe in season 8 we will compete for the championship.
Now, my players are starting to have a little teamwork and unity. They’re also building confidence and they are not hot-headed and emotional anymore with referees’ calls.)
PNP Responders Coach Juven Formacil said, “Though lumaban nga, na short pa rin kami sa depensa namin. Yung adjustment namin nag-click naman pero breaks of the game, di namin mako-control yun eh.”
(We fought but we came up short in our defense. Our adjustment clicked but we can’t control the breaks of the game.)
With this win, NHA Builders will be able to donate the P1,000,000 cash prize to their team’s chosen beneficiary, the NHA Provident Funds.
PNP gets P500,000 cash prize for their team’s chosen beneficiary, the Public Assistance for Rescue, Disaster and Support Services (PARDSS) Foundation International, Inc.
Meanwhile, in the game between Senate vs AFP, the AFP was trailing behind Senate all throughout the game with 11 points Senate lead from the 3rd quarter until the 1:29 of the 4th quarter, when they took the lead via Eugene Tan’s 3 points shot, 74-73.
And then the momentum shifted to AFP’s favor.
AFP is one win away from claiming their 3rd championship title via UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals, while the Senate Defenders will have to win the next two games to be able to make history of becoming the first team to win two-consecutive championship title yet.
Watch Game 2 of the best of three finals on March 11, 2019, Monday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum and on UNTV channel, Facebook and website. — Bernard Dadis with contributions from Raymond Lacsa
NHA (73) — A. Vitug 31, M. Mercado 16, J. Dizon 11, W. Tibay 9, A. Lustestica 6
PNP (70) — A. Tolentino 21, O. Omiping 15, H. Sta. Cruz 9, R. Cabrera 7, J. Misola 5, R. Villanueva 5, R. Abaya 2, R. Decena 2, R. Serrano 2, A. Bayabao 2
Quarterscores: 11-18, 39-35, 57-52, 73-70
AFP (76) — E. Tan 18, D. Cordero 16, B. Bautista 15, J. Lumongsod 14, R. Pascual 6, W. Casulla 5, J. Quiambao 2
SENATE (73) — J. Sanders 24, G. Sevilla 18, M. Legaspi 10, J. Mangaran 8, R. Balboa 7, H. Ng 4, M. Omega 2
These are just some of the beneficiaries of UNTV Cup.
Since the league started in July 2013 and up to its seventh season, UNTV Cup has already donated a total of P50,250,000 cash prize to the beneficiaries of all the competing teams.
For the players from all the government agencies, it was never about the glory. They are prepared to give their all for their chosen charity.
“Punto for punto talagang masarap sa pakiramdam as a player na naglalaro, (As a player, each point feels fulfilling)”—Reneboy Banzali from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Furies
“Naglalaro ka na nakakatulong pa tayo sa mga beneficiary natin. So enjoy lang kami, makatulong, (We are helping our beneficiaries by playing. So we are just enjoying)“—Malacañang Head Coach Raffy Ginzalez
“Nagpapasalamat nga kami sa kanila lalo na kay Brother Eli. Sa pamamagitan niya ang daming natutulungan, pati na iyong team namin. So nagiging instrument kami makatulong din sa ibang tao, (We are thankful to Brother Eli. Through him, we are helping a lot even our team. So we also become instruments to help others)“—National Housing Authority (NHA) Builders Head Coach Benett Palad
“Kami po, kasama lahat ng players and of course kasama ang management ng PhilHealth ay patuloy na sumusuporta sa magandang adhikain ni Brother Eli and ni Kuya Daniel na hindi lang ma-showcase iyong mga talento ng ating mga public servants kundi makatulong din sa ating mga beneficiaries, (On behalf of all the players and, of course, the PhilHealth management, we will continue to support the good advocacy of Brother Eli and Kuya Daniel of not just showing the talents of our public servants but also to help our beneficiaries)“—Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron II
UNTV Cup is also helping former professional basketball players through the PBA Legends Foundation.
For the 8th season of UNTV Cup, over P10 million is allotted for the beneficiaries of the 12 competing teams.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Cavaliers have proven their right to be the defending champions after defeating Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC) Global Traders at the UNTV Cup Season 8 opener on Monday (September 9).
Fans have witnessed the strength of the three-time defending champs at the Mall of Asia Arena (MOA) after a consistent double digit lead against the PITC Global Traders.
However, the PITC Global Traders were able to retaliate during the 3rd quarter. With their tough defense, they were able to slightly bridge the gap by 15 points.
Unfortunately, the AFP was able to block PITC’s momentum and finished the game by 90-70.
PITC Global Traders Head Coach Victor Ycasiano said they will recover from the loss and will train harder.
“In time makaka-recover iyan. Alam mo naman noong nakapukpok sila nakahabol. So even if they are the defending champion alam namin kaya namin, we have to be given some time to recover from everything makapag-ensayo kami nang maayos, (They will recover in time. They were able to bounce back [mid-game]. So even if they are the defending champion, we know we can do it, we have to be given some time to recover from everything and train better)” he said.
Regular weekly games start on Sunday, September 15 at Pasig City Sports Center with live telecast, Facebook live and webcast on UNTV channels.
Next week, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will battle Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) at 2:00 p.m. followed by the clash between the Office of the Ombudsman and Social Security System (SSS) at 3:30 p.m.
In the final game of the triple-header, the National Housing Authority (NHA) will face the Philippine National Police (PNP) at 5:00 p.m.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis and Raymond Lacsa)
Despite the heavy rain, Michael de Guzman did not miss his chance to watch the opening of UNTV Cup Season 8 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena on Monday (September 9).
Not only was he excited to watch the first match between the AFP Cavaliers and the PITC Global Traders, he was able to reactivate his membership with Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHeath).
“Okay nga iyong pagkakataon na ito dahil na-enjoy ko na ang panonood, nakakuha pa ako ng kailangan ko sa Philhealth, (This is a good opportunity because I was able to enjoy the game and at the same time work on what I need from PhilHealth),” he said.
Different public service booths like the Social Security System (SSS), Pag-IBIG booth, and PhilHealth were available for everyone as part of the opening of UNTV Cup Season 8.
Meanwhile the whole family of basketball fan, Edgar Santiago, arrived at MOA around 3:00 p.m. which was four hours before the official opening of the series.
Edgar and his family have been supporting UNTV since season 1 and they never miss an opportunity to watch some of the games.
“Alam naman natin ang proceeds ay para sa mga soldiers, mga POW [prisoner of war], mga nasaktan, mga pamilya na hindi halos masuportahan ng ating gobyerno, (We know the proceeds will go to the soldiers, prisoners of war, injured individuals and families that our government can no longer support),” he said.
Fans never stopped cheering once the first match started.
“Ang saya-saya ng laban at tsaka ang galing-galing talaga ng AFP, (It’s really fun and the AFP is a good team)” according to one of AFP’s fans Whisky Villanueva.
Brother Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon are grateful to God and the fans for their full support.
“Ito po ay patuloy naming gingawa sa tulong ng mga Members of the Church of GOD International kaya natutuwa kami na nakakatulong kami one way or the other even without lifting a finger (We continue to do this with the help of the Members of the Church of GOD International so we are happy to help in one way or the other without lifting a finger),” according to Brother Eli.
“Ang satin lang po alam natin ang dahilan kung bakit tayo nandito, ang gusto natin una sa lahat ay makatulong sa ating mga kapuwa tao na nangangailangan, (We know why we are here. First of all, we want to help our fellowmen in need)” Kuya Daniel said.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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